Amherst's Climate Goals

The Roadmap to Carbon Neutrality

The Town of Amherst has identified the following emissions reductions goals to achieve 
Town-Wide Carbon Neutrality by 2050!

25% reduction in emissions below Fiscal Year (FY) 2016 baseline by FY 2025

50% reduction in emissions below FY 2016 baseline by FY 2030

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Climate Change in Amherst

Amherst received funding in 2019 from the state Municipal Vulnerability Preparedness (MVP) program to identify and prioritize local climate hazards, strengths, and vulnerabilities across the town’s infrastructural, societal, and environmental systems. 

Top climate hazards in Amherst, according to the MVP report, include:

  • increased heat
  • increased precipitation
  • drought
  • extreme weather events like heavy rainfall, hurricanes, and snowstorms. 

These hazards create climate risks like increased flooding, power outages, transit interruptions, and damage to trees and infrastructure.

Also included in the MVP report were Amherst's key strengths. These included:

  • existing renewable energy development
  • strong community networks and organizations
  • excellent municipal resources
  • a culture of climate activism

Key vulnerabilities named were related to potential impacts of climate change on Amherst’s water supply, wastewater system, and aging housing stock in addition to communication barriers and uneven access to resources among residents.

Plan Principles

Amherst’s climate mitigation and adaptation actions will be guided by four key principles. These principles are: 

  • Equity, Accessibility, and Belonging
  • Racial and Climate Justice
  • Local Wealth Creation and Fair Distribution
  • Community Involvement and Connections

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Climate Action Adaptation and Resilience Plan Progress